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Corporate leaders of aviation, steel, and shipping are making commitments to decarbonize the most carbon-intensive secrets. Policymakers need to follow.

The clock is ticking and we’re running out of time to decarbonize the global economy and preserve a stable, liveable climate. 

Global warming will take a global effort by all levels of society — from policymakers to businesses to public institutions to the general public

GreenBiz reports that on the eve of COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, a new set of decarbonization measures is revealed for the steel, aviation, and shipping industry.  

The plans for these high-emitting industries are backed by big names from the industries themselves, showing that many companies are eager for a change. 

"That momentum in the private sector makes me very optimistic," said Faustine Delasalle, co-executive director of the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP). MPP, of which RMI is a founding partner, is an alliance that aims to unite industrial leaders, customers, financiers and more behind aggressive decarbonization strategies. "It also constitutes a cry for help, I’d say, for policymakers pre-COP."

Aviation, steel, and shipping are three of the seven “toughest to tame” industries that together account for about 30 percent of global greenhouse emissions. 

The rest are aluminum, cement, trucking, and chemicals. 

However, the names behind the plans show a new level of climate responsibility and the ambition to break with carbon-heavy technologies. 

Among those who endorsed the net-zero approach are ArcelorMittal, a world’s leading steel manufacturer, Maersk, the world’s number one container shipping company, and 30 aviation industry leaders, from flag carriers to aircraft manufacturers.   

Nikola, an electrical engineer, simplifies intricate sustainability subjects for his audience. A staunch environmental conservationist, he embodies his beliefs daily through recycling and cultivating his own food.

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